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Vol. 9. No. 10. 



WELLESLEY, MASS., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1909 



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MRS. SNOWDEN'S LECTURE. 

On Saturday afternoon, December ii, 
we had the pleasure of being personally 
conducted through Parliament by Mrs. 
Philip Snowden. — "Peeps at Parliament 
through a Woman's Eyes," she humor- 
ously put it with a suggestion of "the 
veiled mystery that that august institu- 
tion had lately become for women. Mrs. 
Snowden, to make her position clear, 
started by avowing herself a "loyal 
Briton." "Criticism in England," she 
explained, "does not mean disloyalty," 
and so, though she may laugh at some 
things British, she is at heart a loyal 
Briton. 

We are to start at the House of Lords, 
"a stupid institution," Mrs. Snowden had 
to confess, for, although aristocracy does 
mean something, two-thirds of the House 
of Lords have been created peers since 
1801, and principally through mercenary 
reasons. "Still curiosities are interesting 
and we must see them." We are initiated 
into the time-old customs of the House, 
and particularly to " Black-rod "-—the 
iutie old military gentleman, as old as the 
customs themselves, who terrifies the 
Lords into order. It was in this House 
that the Suffrage movement began. In 
1428, the London dames descended upon 
the House of Lords and shook their fists at 
them ; in the seventeenth century another 
attack was made, — "an assault of tongues," 
with language of foot soldiers. So the 
militant movement, instead of being 
modern, is really old and aristocratic. 

Opposite the House of Lords is the 
House of Commons. That stuffy cham- 
ber was rapidly described, the different 
"parties" below, with the galleries around 
— the women's at the very top with a grill 
in front to signify that everything be- 
hind it is virtually outside the House. The 
members are in full force at opening 
prayers — for the practical reason of get- 
ting a chair for the rest of the day, but 
when the work begins, the larger part re- 
tire to the card-room or the benches for a 
nap. But with the Suffrage Bill it is 
different — they are all there to oppose it. 
There are three readings that a bill has to 
go through before it passes to the House 
of Lords and is finally signed by the King. 
In the first two readings the Bill is thor- 
oughly discussed, the third reading is 
purely formal. The Suffrage Bill has 
passed the first two readings and has 
gone no further. You could hardly 
check a sigh of relief that it had passed 
so much danger safely, when told that any 



member, by merely expressing the wish, 
can keep a bill from a third reading. 

Mrs. Snowden ended by directly stating 
her views on suffrage. "Force," she de- 
clares, "is not justified if other means are 
possible," and she feels that the militant 
methods have hurt the cause. ' ' The women 
of Great Britain do not want votes for pure- 
ly selfish purposes," the question is, '"Does 
my country need me?" Then if she 

does, whether we want the vote or not, we 
should have it. In eloquent conclusion, 
Mrs. Snowden promised that "this broad- 
ening experience for women will make 
marriage more complete and motherhood 
stronger — will be like the Nile admitted 
to a new course — it will carry men, 
women and little children to crowning 
triumphant victory." 

After Mrs. Snowden and our English 
speakers of last year, how can we feel 
justified in taking the pleasure of thinking 
our English cousins "slow to catch the 
point?" It was all so delicately done- 
no American surface humor, given lenient- 
ly as pocket anecdotes are given to school 
children for gapping the dull stretches of 
the commissioner's speech, bui wit run- 
ning along with substantial fact — a hu- 
morous attitude rather than humorous 
ornament. And there was no forcing 
suffrage adages down unwilling throats, 
but the facts of the case were presented, 
the "fossilized" condition of Parliament, 
the need of "new wine in old flasks," the 
need of that very liberal, theoretical in- 
fluence which women are condemned for, 
to help that unwieldy machine, the 
British Constitution, was what was im- 
plied. 

MRS. MARKS READS HER PIPER 

On Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Lionel 
Marks (Josephine Preston Peabody), read 
from her new poetic drama, the "Piper." 
The play is a continuation of the quaint 
old legend of Hamelin, made familiar to us 
through Browning's delightful "Pied Pi- 
per of Hamelin." 

In her play, Mrs. Marks has succeeded 
in creating a character out of what had 
been limned by her predecessor as merely 
a figure for children's fancy. The Piper 
is portrayed as one of a group of strollers, 
outwardly scarce more than a gipsy, but 
inwardly a man of the deepest human 
sympathy, a man who sees the two cages 
in which we are imprisoned: the iron one 
of greed and the golden one of pride, and 
he strives in his own way to break the 
cages of such souls as he can influence. 



Angered that the burghers of Hamelin 
should esteem their purses before their 
given word, the Piper enchants the chil- 
dren with his music and leads them away 
to his safe hiding place. One child only 
escapes his magic call, Barbara, the 
daughter of the Burgomeister. The 
townsfolk, who have lost their children 
through the Burgomeister's avarice, de- 
clare that he shall not keep his child, but 
must give her up as a nun. This news 
reaches the Piper through one of his com- 
panions, Michael, who loves Barbara; but 
although the Piper will not give the chil- 
dren back to save this one, he promises to 
save her in another fashion. He resorts 
to his pipe again and the Barbara and 
Michael drama ends happily. 

While thus engaged the Piper encoun- 
ters Veronika, the mother of the little 
lame boy, the Piper's especial favorite- 
It is in this scene between these two un- 
fortunates, whose destinies are the com- 
plements each of the other, that the poet's 
purpose discloses itself most clearly ; that 
the Piper's idealism concentrates. After 
parting from Veronika, the Piper fights 
out his problem before the statue of 
Christ and f >\'/ impel' ■' tn frH-ng the ■■•■ ;1 - 
dren back to their parents. 

This is the only unconvincing detail of 
the play; the fact that, although the re- 
turn of the children has been so finely 
motived in the characterization of the 
Piper, it comes about through the in- 
fluence of the statue of Christ. One feels 
that, aside from the abruptness of 
the Piper's decision before the statue, the 
whole play would have gained by the 
entire omission of this deus ex machina. 
Indeed, that seems to be the only flaw in 
the characterization of the Piper, for it 
is much more consistent with him that 
he should have acted under the direct 
influence of Veronika, who is. after all, the 
real motive force in his decision. 

One is glad to know that an American 
poet can create a piece of such exquisite 
poetry and a play of fancy so practical for 
production. 

PHI SIGMA MASQUE. 

Society Phi Sigma gave its annual 
Christmas masque Saturday and Mon- 
day, both afternoon and evening. The 
old Irish legend was prettily written and 
prettily played — -being the story of the re- 
pentant fairies, denounced by the Church, 
who long to do some good deed, of the 
young bride who seeks the magic haw- 
thorn twig to bring good luck to her wed- 
ding day, of the Mother of Christ, who 
walks on the earth and defends the fairies 
from the curse of the Priest. The two 
scenes, opened with the chanting of 
carols far away, were quaintly staged, 
especially the second one, which opened on 
the brown-frocked fairies seated around 
a flickering fire. The acting was delicate 
and softened into sympathy with the old- 
time spirit which characterized the masque. 



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Editor-in-Chief, Kate S. Parsons, 1911 

Associate Editor, Ruth Evans, 1911 

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EDITORIAL. 

On page 3 of this issue are printed the 
resolutions adopted by the class of 1912 
in regard to forensic burning, resolutions 
which will banish not only for this year 
but for years to come that feverish bur- 
lesque which has annually disturbed the 
disposition and credit cards of half the 
college. It is not the Avish of 1912 nor the 
intention of iqii to drop from the list of 
college customs this time-honored one of 
burning the Junior forensic — this decision 
is to be interpreted rather as a reversion 
to the original ceremony and a lopping off 
of those features which have transformed 
its quaintness into a boarding-school 
caper. The original intent of forensic 
burning was not to give room to a pleasant- 
ly exciting rivalry between Junior and 
Sophomore classes; this possibility of the 
ceremony has sprung up within the last 
few years, reached its flower of execution 
last spring and is now fortunately doomed 
to wither away. 

There can be little doubt in the minds 
of those who witnessed last year's farce, 
that it reached a significant climax. 
Preparations simmered for 191 1 long be- 
fore Christmas ; in February organized 
work began. Not Senior Play, surely not 
Student Government Elections, nor May 
Day, hardly Tree Day, can boast such 
elaborate planning, such expenditure of 
strength and wits and time, as that which 
nded through February, March and 
April of [909. A head was appointed 
for each campus house and tinder her 
direction the hours of every night from 
February to April were apportioned in 
h d< irmiti >rj to mi eral >le watchers 
wretches who struggled vainly 
through their appointed three hours to 



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keep awake — who started at every rustle 
that rustled like 19 10, and gave so many- 
false alarms that we grew weary of the 
cry of "Wolf!" and the poor Sophomore 
President yearned wearily for the ap- 
pearance of said wolf. As the excitement 
increased, bad tempers augmented also. 
The nervous 191 1 zealot glared at the 
crafty one of 19 10 out of sheer principle; 
the strain began to be visible — many 
a heavy-eyed Sophomore cut more classes 
than her slip-shod academic work could 
afford. 

Figuratively speaking, 19 10 did not 
pay so high a price for their entertain- 
ment of one morning; literally they did. 
When we consider how many a castle in 
Spain needs only money to transfer it from 
that airy country to Wellesley soil, when 
we reflect how many organizations must 
creep and crawl slowly after their projects 
instead of advancing by leaps and bounds, 
because of this sordid lack, — it seems that 
over fifty dollars tritely thrown away is 
too thoughtless an expenditure. This 
was not the only loss to help condemn 
forensic burning; many a good class meet- 
ing might have discussed college affairs 
of greater import, many a clever plan and 
many a bit of hard thinking might have 
been expended with more material results. 

And the morning after forensic burning? 
The college is never more obnoxiously 
childish. It leaps and shrieks and giggles 
and talks of nothing else until the shade 
of Forensic Burning as It Originally Was, 
turns in its grave and murmurs "Im- 
becile!" A remark amply justified. The 
fact that this annual pleasantry is devoid 
of all purposes does not necessarily debar 
it from toleration amongst us; it is when 
'In- pleasantry becomes actively impor- 
tant, when it comes to be "detrimental to 
the health of both classes and to their 
academic standing," then it is time to 
put it away. Wellesley College is grad 
ually doing this — she is putting away her 
blocks and growing up. While there 
is plenty of time, the foolish little 
nothings over which we grow excited may 
exist, but when the days grow more 
full and more significant, when, as we 
grow older, we see the -reat dr. J thai 
there is to be done, we grudge ever) spark 
'.l energy thrown awaj 

There .ire always present among us tin. e 

youthful enthusiasts who crv out againsl 

ii> li ,1 procedure as growing up, who 

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where of the disgusting academic; and they 
will be the first and loudest to protest 
vehemently against the action taken by 
191 2. Those who base the reputation of a 
class on its cleverness in the matter of 
forensic burning, who have not out- 
grown the conception of class spirit bred 
in their High School days, — these are the 
ones who would make an unwilling kinder- 
garten of college activities, and these, we 
rejoice to observe, are at last in the minor- 
ity. In vain we assure them that forensic 
burning is not abolished, though we frankly 
admit the loss of its consuming excitement, 
—they will petulantly bewail the toy 
which has been taken away, making 
matters most uncomfortable for those who 
have seen fit to confiscate the toy. But 
the approval of the majority drowns the 
voice of the protesting few — and we turn 
to 191 2 with hearty gratitude for its 
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COLLEGE NOTES. 



At the evening session of the meeting of the Academy of 
Political Science with the League for Political Education, held 
Friday, December 3, at the Hotel Astor, New York, Miss Emily 
A. Balch of the Economics Department delivered an address on 
"The Preparation for the Economic Efficiency of Women." 
Mr. A. Burton Hepburn presided at the meeting. Mrs. Snowden 
and Sir Horace Plunkett, promoter of agricultural co-operation 
in Ireland, were the guests of honor. 

The Social Study Circle met Tuesday evening, December 
7, at the Zeta Alpha House. The discussion on the "House of 
Lords," led by Miss Moffat, was most interesting. 

Scribblers met Tuesday evening, December 7, at the Tau 
Zeta Epsilon House. Emma Hawkridge read. 

The Round Table of Friends was held in Cambridge, 
Wednesday, December 8. 

Saturday, December n, the Eliot had a Christmas dinner 
and, following it, a dance in the Barn. 

Fiske had its Christmas party with a Christmas tree in the 
parlor, Tuesday, December 14. 

Freeman Cottage had a Christmas dinner Tuesday, Decem- 
ber 1 4 . 

FORENSIC BURNING. 



RESOLUTIONS. 

Whereas, we consider that the interference on the part of 
the Sophomore Class in Junior forensic burning is detrimental 
to the health of both classes and to their academic standing; 
and whereas it engenders a bitter class rivalry, — we, the Class 
of 1Q12, on the third day of December, nineteen hundred and 
nine, do hereby resolve to make no attempt to interfere with 
191 1 's forensic burning. 

Dorothy Summy, 
Anna Christensen, 

For the Class of 19 12. 

The Class of 191 1 acknowledges the notice of the resolutions 
of the Class of 19 12 in regard to Junior forensic burning, and 
wishes to express its approval of the considerations upon which 
the resolutions are based. 
Signed. 

Christine Myrick, 
Mary Christie, 
December 10, 1909. For the Class of 191 1. 

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Owing to an omission in the last number of the Magazine, 
the result of the prize story contest was not announced. The 
prize story was written by Ruth Crossman, 1910, entitled "A 
Political Move." 



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FIRST ARTIST RECITAL. 



At the first of the Wellesley College Artist Recitals, given 
on December 6 in College Hall Chapel, Madame Teresa Carre no 
gave a very interesting program; a program varying in brilliancy 
from the lyric sweetness of a Chopin prelude to the splendor and 
fire of a Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodic 

The first of the four divisions of the program was occupied 
by Beethoven's Sonata, Opus 57 (Appassionata). This gave 
opportunity for display of the most brilliant technique as well 
as of the most delicate interpretative work. Perhaps more en- 
joyable to the audience was the Chopin group, which immedi- 
ately followed the Beethoven. Madame Carreno was very 
successful in her realization of the romanticism, the sentiment, 
the melancholy poetry of the Chopin atmosphere. The di- 
vision following was a miscellany, in which Beethoven, Schu- 
mann and MacDowell were represented. Then came a Liszt 
group, culminating splendidly in the brilliant Rhapsodie Hon- 
groise, Number 6. 

Throughout the performance, Madame Carreno's enjoy- 
ment of the situation was almost as manifest as the delight of the 
enthusiastic audience. She responded very generously to the 
applause, playing, in all, four encores, of which the most fa- 
miliar were, perhaps, the Chopin Etude and the Schubert 
Marche Militaire. The simplicity of her manner and the ab- 
sence of affectation in her playing, were very delightful. She 
held her audience to the end quite as much by the magnetism 
of her charming personality as by the greatness of her art. 

The program was as follows: 

Sonata, Op. 57 (Appassionata) Beethoven 

Allejj;r' ) 

Andante con moto 

Allegro ma non troppo Presto 

(a) Prelude, Op. 28, No. is \ 

(b) Nocturne Op 37, No. 2 ( c 

(c) Etude G Flat r ' 

(d) Polonaise A Flat, Op. 53 ) 

(a) Rondo, Op. 52, No. 2 Beethoven 

(b) Vogel als Prophet Schuman n 

(c) Barcarolle, Op. 35 } MacDowell 

(d) Hexentanz ) 

(a) Sonetto del Petrarca 

(b) Etude D Flat 

(c) Rhapsodie Hongroise, No. 6 



THE PROBLEM OF CHRIST AND HIS MIRACLES. 

Immediately after the regular Christian Association meet- 
ing on Thursday evening, December 9, Dr. McConnell, President 
of De Pauw University, and well known to those of us who were 
at Silver Bay this year, spoke in College Hall Chapel on "The 
Problem of Christ." Throughout he emphasized that Christ 
was a living fact. If not, he said, why was there such a constant 
querying in regard to Him and His teachings on the part of 
thinking people, a querying that has always been and is to-day 
as strong as ever? Do we question a dead character so? Julius 
Caesar, for example? Could we have fifty-two sermons a year 
preached on every side of one person's character and have him 
mean as much to us in the end as Christ means to us to-day? 
As a proof of the reality of Christ in the lives of men, he pointed 
out what Christ has done for them ; the ptirpose he has put in 
their lives; and the satisfaction and content they have had in 
working in His name. He showed the power of Christ from the 
fact that, argue as we will about the little, unimportant details 
of His life (and no other factor in our lives receives such scrutiny 
as our religion), the spirit of Christ lives on, unstained and more 
wonderful and beautiful than before, having always withstood 
the test. "There is a vitality around the thought of Christ that 
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JUNIOR PLAY. 

I'jii. as the words of her topical song 
announced, found in the play Mice and 
Men, "something very witty and also very 
pretty." The play had true charm, 
grace and humor in the dialogue, and an 
attractive story which developed loveable 
and even noble qualities in the main 
characters. It was a very good selection 
for a class play, since it was not beyond un- 
professional abilities and yet gave plenty 
of opportunities for versatile and in- 
dividual acting. The story, in various 
pretty colonial settings which iqii's 
committee managed skilfully, was of a 
scientist and dreamer, disappointed in an 
early love affair, who planned to bring up 
a young girl by his own theories to his 
ideal of a woman. Choosing a wayward 
and attractive girl from a Foundling's 
Home, he adopted her. and as she grew 
to a woman fell deeply in love with her, 
only to find that she had meanwhile 
fallen in love with his nephew, and to give 
her up. in the end, to her happiness with the 
younger man. 

The character of "Little Britain," or 
Peggy, the adopted foundling, was the most 
appealing in the play, and Imogene Kelly 
in acting it, completely won the audience 
to her charm by her very natural and 
original playing. Quite free from self- 
usness, she was spontaneous enough 
to seem no1 to be acting, but living, so that 
to the audience she and IVggy were in- 
irable. Yet though her art was for- 
howed true imagination and 
points of power "I expre -ion in in- 
terpreting Peggy's moods, in lim lively 
refraining from exaggei i broadening 

the characterization. In the first act she 
played capitally the untrained, shy little 
foundling, with a mingling of wildness, 
curiosity, and a queer sense of funniness — 
and app he delicati outlines of 



the text in the scene where Peggy begins, 
in a callow way, to fall in love with the 
young Captain. In the second act she de- 
veloped the character into a girl of com- 
plete, though still unconscious charm, 
romping — a difficult thing to do on the 
Barn stage — with pure joyousness, but 
perplexed with new shades of moods in her 
love, still, as Miss Kelly delicately con- 
veyed, but half understanding it. And in 
the last two acis she portrayed a more 
complex and versatile woman, at last 
passionately in love, unhappy, rising to 
power of sacrificing her hopes, and even 
certainty of happiness, for the sake of the 
guardian whom she respects, and feels she 
has wronged. In all of this she maintained 
an intensity of emotion, which carried; but 
at the very last when happiness was re- 
stored to her she was not so convincing. 
Yet in spite of the fact that she found an 
attractive and suggestive part ready for 
her, we feel that in developing it she showed 
real creative power, and a charm and in- 
dividuality which would make itself felt 
from a professional stage. 

The steady background to this versatile 
Peggy was Mark Embury, which was acted 
by Eleanor Vliet. In this part there was 
not the need of varied, but of steady acting ; 
the qualities insisted upon in the character 
being intense and passionate love, com- 
bined with an unselfish idealism. Yet 
even given Miss Kelly's acting, the play's 
success or failure depended still on the 
playing of Miss Vliet's part ami the play 
succeeded. In moments without the pres- 
sure of emotion. Miss Vliet did not give as 
definite a characterization as Miss Kelly, 
although the text perhaps did not give 
the material. What she succeeded in 
doing, was in conveying an intense emolioi^ 
happy or unhappy, which convinced 
and moved the audience. There were 
ult to draw by a Barn per- 



formance. Her acting showed insight 
and care for details, and she had a good 
voice, and sensitive facial expression. 
The acting of both of these parts was on an 
unusually high plane. 

The requirement of the Captain in the 
play was to be a pleasing object for Peg- 
gy's love, attractive enough to counteract 
any lingering regrets which the audience 
might feel for Peggy's loss in the high 
character of her guardian. Miss Wood did 
not quite do this. Under ordinary cir- 
cumstances she might have, for her ap- 
pearance and voice were good, and in some 
of the love scenes — especially when she 
first sang to Peggy, " My love is like a red, 
red rose," and when she pursued Peggy at 
the ball, she was very good. But the play 
itself was weak in this part, and demanded, 
especially with Miss Kelly and Miss Vliet 
playing the other two parts, very skilful 
interpretation, even creation of the char- 
acter, as a contrast to Embury. Miss 
Wood lacked the debonnaire dash for the 
first act, and in the last failed to convince 
one of her sincerity. She was often a 
little too self-conscious and not quite ab- 
sorbed enough with her characterization ; 
so that her acting, which in some places 
was good, was on the whole uneven. 

The minor characters were well taken. 
Helen Paul, as Roger Goodlake, fell very 
naturally into her part, without self- 
consciousness, and with good, hearty voice 
and gesture. His wife, Joanna Goodlake, 
as acted by Gladys Best was delicately 
artificial, with well-affected supercilious 
manner and trailing inflections, a little 
monotonous at times. Mary Hewitt 
played the still more affected Sir Harry 
Trimblestone with the touch of exaggera- 
tion needed to make a farcical character. 
The most individual of the minor char- 
acters was the housekeeper, Mrs. Deborah, 
well acted by Kate Parsons. Motherly, 
affecting primness, but secretly delighting 
in pranks, Miss Parsons gave a deliciously 
droll and lifelike characterization, play- 
ing up very well to Miss Kelly, and adding 
to the fun of the comedy. Eula Ferguson 
as Peter, also played her part with humor, 
and a good laugh. Mary Welles, as Kit 
Barniger, the fiddler, used very good ges- 
tures both of hands and feet, but weakened 
her otherwise good acting by a rather 
lack-lustre voice. Harriet Strykerwas an 
attractive, if silent maid. The entrance 
of the foundlings in the first act was funny, 
and Dorothy Mills as the pompous Beadle, 
and Elizabeth Longacre as the Matron, 
were excellent in their small parts. The 
supernumeraries in the third act were a 
In tic to,, boisterous and unvaried in their 
passage across the stage — but were other- 
wise good. 

The production of the play showed the 
able coaching of Mrs. Edward Hicks, and 
the efforts of a very capable committee, 
with Hazel Hunnewell as chairman, and 
Dora Bogue, Marion Jewett, Ruth Evans, 
and Dorothy Hill as members, and 
Sarah Baxter and Ridie Guion as scene- 
shifters. 

On the whole i<)i i is to he congratulated 
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i. 

In the discussion concerning the abolishment of societies 
it is well to emphasize the good ends which, in spite of their 
evils, it is agreed that societies at Wellesley have served, and to 
ask seriously what we can rely on to take their place in the 
social life of the college, in case they are abolished. 

To say nothing of plays and pageants, which it may be ad- 
mitted that other organizations could as well provide, are not 
these things true 5 

(i) The opportunity for a bit of domestic life, the rest- 
ful homelikeness of a small house in which the student owns a 
share, is a distinct good in an overpoweringly large college for 
girls. 

(2) The society houses make an opportunity to dispense 
a gracious and graceful hospitality in small gatherings which the 
community as a whole would greatly miss were it taken away. 

(3) The returning alumna? who have the society connec- 
tion find themselves welcomed and at home even if they have 
been long out of college. 

The very statement of these advantages makes two things 
clear, namely, that it is the existence of society houses rather 
than societies themselves that contributes these pleasant fea- 
tures of social life at Wellesley, and that it is a great pity that 
such advantages should be limited to so few. Evidently the 
time has come to consider whether other organizations than 
closed societies could not better use these houses so as to minister 
to the same needs, but to do it for all and not for the privileged 
few. 

The following plan is presented for consideration. It 
seems to us to contain, what no plan worthy of consideration 
should fail to contain, provisions for the advantages mentioned 
above and extension of such advantages to all. 

Let four of the houses be made class houses, assigned in 
rotation, so that each class could have a college home for four 
years and on returning for its reunion w r ould return to that 
home. This would make a pleasant link between classes; it 
would distribute expenses of maintenance ; it would encourage 
gifts; it would further class solidarity, much needed where classes 
are so large. 

One of the two remaining houses could be used as the 
center for all academic societies, including the Graduate Club 
and whatever Department Clubs are now in existence. In 
such favoring circumstances new scholarly enthusiasms might 
be developed, which would compensate for the loss of the 
"work" of the present societies. 

The last house could be used as the center of all philan- 
thropic activities, whether connected with the Christian Asso- 
ciation or other independent organizations. Here the Social 
Study classes would hold their meetings and gather their books 
and periodicals and here guests would be received who came 
to enlist us in any good cause lying outside the sphere of our 
own college life. Eliza H. Kendrick, 

Adelaide I. Locke. 
II. 

We, as undergraduate students here at Wellesley, right- 
fully pride ourselves on a splendid Student Government Asso- 
ciation. By means of this association w r e are learning — quite 
unconsciously, perhaps — the meaning of government and 
democracy. We are working out here, on a smaller scale, it is 



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true, the scheme of "a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated 
to the proposition that all men are created equal." 

Are we living up to the highest ideals of this democracy of 
ours when we tolerate the existence of certain institutions that 
encourage the clique, foster the snob and create a spirit of ex- 
clusiveness and inequality? Certain chosen ones are allowed 
to wear attractive little pins which show them to be members 
of this or that set and appear to give them certain rights above 
any other member of our democracy. Why is this the case? 
Why is it right for a favored seventh to speak with a certain air 
about "the house" and beg you during dinner, rather conde- 
scendingly, for a few "current events." " I really haven't read 
the paper for weeks," she will tell you. No, this state of affairs 
is not the ideal democracy, the Wellesley of our dreams. 

Whatever is done about this must come from the society 
girls themselves, and not from us who view the situation from 
the outside. We all have good friends among the society girls, 
friends whose judgments we respect and admire. Let us be op- 
timistic and put all our confidence and faith in these girls — they 
are worthy of it, and will surely act to the credit of the Alma 
Mater we all love. iqio. 

III. 

If societies exist on a false foundation principle, they must 
be wrong and should be abolished on the strength of" that alone. 
If it be found that their foundation principle is a good and 
sound one, then it is time to consider whether, here in Wellesley, 
they are doing harm or good. Miss Hawkridge last week de- 
fended their exclusiveness by stating an analogy with the ex- 
clusiveness in academic courses, sports and dancing. It seems 
to me that the cases are entirely different. The latter are open 
to all for application, provided the requirements, w r hich are 
definite and equally within the reach of everyone, are met. 
The opposite is true of societies, and herein lies their undemo- 
cratic character. 

In regard to social exclusiveness recognized and unrecog- 
nized. If exclusiveness is bad and contrary to the college ideal, 
it seems to me that recognized and approved exclusiveness is 
worse. If democracy really is the college ideal, it will abolish 
societies and public sentiment will be strong enough to keep 
down pronounced cliques. A certain amount of grouping is 
necessary, of course, because each person cannot have the same 
degree of intimacy with everybody else, but if everyone is on the 
same footing, these groups will be based merely on personality 
and will be elastic and overlap. There is no reason for clubs or 
cliques. If they exist, our democratic ideal is an empty one. 
At any rate we ought not to tolerate an organized embodiment 
of the opposite. Louise MacMullen, iqii. 

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IV 
The main question is "Would the abolition of societies do 
away with social exclusiveness at Wellesley?" If she believed 
it could, the writer, who loves her society devotedly, would re- 
gretfully but unhesitatingly vote for its dissolution. Like many 
well-meant reforms, might it not defeat its own purpose? Can 
an act of legislation annihilate one of the elemental tendencies 
of human nature — the tendency toward social combination? 

The most impenetrable circle the writer ever knew at 
Wellesley was one of those "jovial eating clubs" mentioned in 
the last issue of College News. It was formed Freshman year 
and continued through Senior year. It had no fixed abiding 
place and the outsider might at any time happen to drop in 
upon one of its meetings, where she would be received with an 
apologetic cordiality most embarrassing. Would not such clubs 
multiply if societies were given up? 

Moreover, the writer numbers many non-society girls 
among her intimate friends and none of them has ever shown 
the least bitterness of spirit. Has the character of the " six- 
sevenths" changed in the last ten years, or are they being placed 
in a false position by the abolitionists' 

The college world is apt to be a world of theories, so per- 
haps an Alumna may be pardoned for urging a serious con- 
sideration of the practical side, before action is taken against an 
element of college life instituted by our honored founder, Mr. 
Durant. Alumna. 

V. 
As an Alumna of five years' standing, who has known an- 
other large woman's college rather intimately through two sis- 
ters who are alumnas there, and through several visits of longer 
and shorter duration, I wish to call attention to the fact that the 
danger pointed out in Miss Hawkridge's Free Press of December 
first is a real one. My observance of this college has led me to 
believe that the "unorganized and unrecognized clique" is more 
exclusive and infinitely more selfish there than any society at 
Wellesley, for the reasons Miss Hawkridge has pointed out. It 
is idle to imagine that things would be as they are, with the so- 
cieties dropped out — they would be quite different, for some- 
thing new will take the place of the old, and that new thing at 
another college actually has all the drawbacks predicted as 
possible for Wellesley. 

One word to the society girls who think it best to disband: 
The thing that is difficult is not therefore right — the thing that 
demands a sacrifice is not always the wisest or noblest thing to 
do, Cora Butler Conant, kjo4. 

VI. 

A girl who has never had an invitation to a society natural- 
ly hesitates to express her opinion of them now. But surely she 
should realize how vitally she is concerned, and how effective 
her voice is in the formation of public opinion. This is no time 
for self-consciousness. Wellesley's good, and Wellesley's good 
alone must be considered. If the social and intellectual benefits 
you have derived from the teas, and plays, and open meetings 
have been invaluable to you, speak. The societies may live. 
If you have been limited in your friendships, if your sense of 
justice has b i n affronted by the false social discrimination; if 
you recognize that :ocieties are devouring wholesome college 
life, speak. An institution fundamentally wrong, cannot live. 
Should every girl express her opinion, who knows in her inmost 
heart thai societies are nol only unnecessary, but an active 
I they must need yield under the preponderance of adverse 
criticism. The girl who does not think about the matter, and 
who does not take her share in the controversy, is as unpublic- 
spirited as she who indulges herself in her society at the ex- 
pense ■ 'i i he w elfare i >t I he c< illege 

Jessie Gillette French, njio. 

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MUSIC NOTES. 

BILLINGS HALL. 
Recital of Christmas music under the direction of Miss Mapes, 
Chorister of the College Choir. Professor Macdougall, Accom- 
panist. Tuesday, December 14, 1909, at 4.20, P.M. 

Program. 

Voice : Cantique de Noel Gounod 

Miss C. Belle Mapes, tgio. 
(Violin obligato by Miss Mary Welles, 191 1.) 

Piano: Humeresque Tchaik >\\ r sky 

Black Key Etude Chopin 

Miss Katherine Mortenson, 191 2. 
Chorus: Three Christmas Carols: 

"God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" ... Old English 

"As Joseph was a-walking" C. Hazard 

'The Kings of the East are Riding". C. G. Hamilton 
(Words by Miss Katherine Lee Bates.) 
The Wellesley College Choir. 

Violin: Air varie de Beriot 

Miss Mary Welles, hut. 

Voice: "Le Carol des petits oiseaux" Chaminade 

"Christmas Eve Thought" Bullard 

Miss Alice D. Leavit, 1910. 
Hymn: "Q Come. All Ye Faithful," In Excelsis, No. 185, 

J. Reading 

Sunday Morning, December 12, 1909. 

Processional: "As Joseph was a-walking C. Hazard 

Service Anthem: 'There were Shepherds" ... W. B. Foster 
Sermon by the Reverend Lyman Abbot, D. I). 
Recessional 202. 

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Sunday evening, December 12, 1909. 
Service Prelude. 
Processional: 'The Kings of the East are Riding," 

C. G. Hamilton 
Invocation. 
Hymn 187. 

Service Anthem: Recitative and Chorus from "The Messiah," 

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Psalm 118. (Gloria Patri.) 
Scripture Lesson. 
Address by the President. 
Prayer. 

Organ: "March of the Magi" Th. Dubois 

Choir: " Nazareth" Ch. Gounod 

Harp Solo: Andante religioso Rossini-Alvars 

Choir: "When I View the Mother Holding" G. W. Chadwiek 
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"... H. W. Parker 
Prayers (with choral responses). 
Antiphonal Recessional: "Ye Shepherds Leave," 

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tells us that December twenty-ninth is not far distant. When 
we return from Christmas vacation this great quadrennial con- 
vention of the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Mis- 
sions will be over. But will it? For those who attend, it sure- 
ly will not be a thing of the past, and for the rest of the college 
it will have just begun. Our delegates are chosen and the mem- 
bers of the Wellesley Club of Rochester are making plans to 
entertain our delegates in their homes, and this feature of the 
convention days makes them even more attractive. No one 
goes in a selfish spirit, for each girl feels that as one of the eight 
chosen she represents one-eighth of the student-body. Tho 1 
of you who, by the strict limitation of numbers, are not per- 
mitted to go, need not look in vain to the few who do go. Make 
up your minds to make this privilege your own. Ask the dele- 
gates about it now and after vacation. Follow it in the ]>a]>er> 
from December twenty-ninth to January second, and if you live 
too far from New York state for this, ask some one who is going 
to have a Rochester newspaper, with full reports, sent to you 
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ALUMN/E NOTES. 

In addition to notes concerning graduates, the Alumnae 
column will contain items of interest about members of the 
Faculty, past and present, and former students. 



The November number of the Bulletin Officiel de la Society 
Nationale des Professeurs Francais en Amerupie contains a ten- 
paper by Mile. Valentine Puthod, O. A., Instructor in 
French (now on leave of absence) at Wellesley. Miss Puthod 
was the delegate appointed by the S. N. P. T. to the Inter- 
national Congress of Professors of Living Languages held in 
Paris last spring. Her paper, which is a report of the proceedings 
of this congress while en Sorbonne, has been highly commended 
as a full and concise report of the conclusions reached by five 
hundred and seventy representatives gathered together from the 
ountries of Europe and America, concerning methods in 
use and which are likely to affect in great measure the teaching 
of modern languages. 

Miss Josephine Howes, 1909, is taking the course for college 
graduates in the Keene (N. H.) Normal School. 

Miss Minnie Packard, 1909, is teaching in Southboro, Mas- 
husetts. 

Miss Mary Brigham Hill, 1893, is building a home in Red- 
la in Is, California. Her mother is with her, and her father, Mr. 
Junius W. Hill, who is at present in Boston, will join them later 
in the winter. 

Miss Emilie 11. Callaway, [906, is playing with George 
Fawcett, in "The Great John Yanton," under the Shuberl 
management. 

Miss Annette Gardner Munro, 1881-83, has been recently 
appointed Dean of Women at the University of Rochester. 
Miss Munro is the first person to occupy the position, which has 
been provided by action of the trustees since the confirmation ol 
the University's title to the Morgan estate, by which the Uni- 

ity has become possessed of some $93,000, for women's 
education Miss Munro is the assistant librarian to the Free 
Public Library of Portland, Oregon, a position of large executive 
re pon ibility Her work at Rochester will begin with the 
1 ipening ol the winl er 1 erm, [910. 

Mr. Ernest Knaebel, husband of Cornelia Park, 1896, ha 
i. appointed Assistant United States Attorney-General. 
Mr. and Mrs. Knaebel will live in Washington, I). C, for the next 
four years. 

The following li I 0! Welle lej Clubs, with the name and ad- 
the Secretary of each, is kindly furnished by Miss Mary 

Bo ton Wi Club Mi Alice Stockwell, 23 Orkney 

Road, I Via achusetl 

Buffalo Weill lej Club (not fully organized) address Miss 
Elsa D. lame , no, D< Avenue, Buffalo, New York. 

Chicago V Club: Miss Ruth Carpenter, [314 Hin- 

man Avenue, I m LUino 

Cleveland Weill li Club: Miss Be ie C, Champney, .'kjo 
East 40th Strei t, < ie\ eland , Ohio, 

Colorado Wellesley Club Mis Helen Harrington, [463 
Soir I treet Denvei Coli iradi 1, 



Detroit Wellesley Club: Miss Catharine H. Dwight, 781 
Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. 

Fitchburg Wellesley Club: Miss Harriet M. Silsby, Hastings 
Hall, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 

Hartford Wellesley Club: Miss Florence G. Bryant, 953 
Main Street, East Hartford, Connecticut. 

Minneapolis Wellesley Club: Mrs. Cyrus Barnum, 2103 
James Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

New York Wellesley Club: Miss Emma L. MacAlarney, 
500 West 121st Street, New York City. 

Northfield Wellesley Club : Miss Leslie Conner, Northfield 
Seminary, East Northfield, Massachusetts. 

Pittsburgh Wellesley Club (not fully organized) : Address 
Mrs. Henry S. James, 5806 Howe Street, Pittsburgh, Penn- 
sylvania. 

Portland Wellesley Club (not fully organized) : Address Miss 
Gladys Doten, 235 State Street, Portland, Maine. 

Rochester Wellesley Club: Miss Jennie Mae Clark, 41 Vick 
Park B, Rochester, New York. 

Southern California Wellesley Club: Miss Alice E. Heber, 
2708 West gth Street, Los Angeles, California. 

Springfield Wellesley Club: Miss M. Josephine C. Bowden, 
192 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, Massaclmsetts. 

St. Louis Wellesley Club: Miss Louise McNair, 429b Wash- 
ington Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri. 

Washington Wellesley Club: Miss Katharine R. Elliott, 
2703 14th Street, Washington, D. C. 

Wellesley Club of Philadelphia: Miss Margaret E. Dungan, 
3232 North 1 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Wellesley Club of San Francisco : 

Wellesley Club of Taunton: Miss Florence H. Stone, 20 
Cedar Street, Taunton, Massachusetts. 

Worcester Wellesley Club: Miss Alice A. Burlingame, 17 
Somerset Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. 



MARRIAGE. 

December 3, 1909, at Great 
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Kills, Staten 
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Stoker — Cole, uclciuuci 
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BIRTH. 

December 2, [909, in New York City, a son, Richard Thorn- 
ton, to Mrs. Wilt v,-rt S. Drew (Maria A. Kneen, [893). 

DEATH. 

October 24, 11)09, at Byculla, Bombay, India. Edward 
Chandler Hunsberger, son of Elizabeth Hume Hunsberger, 

CHANGES OF ADDRESS. 

Fraulein Kate Woltereck, formerly Instructor in German, 
Gartenhaus, G. Franz Joseph Str., Munich, Germany. 

Miss Josephine M. Burnham, of the Department of English 
Composition, 95 Howe Street, New Haven, Connecticut. 

Mi Mabel M, Young, of the Department of Mathematics, 
1102 McCulloh Street, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Mrs. Frank A, Storer (Mabel S. Cole, M)o8), In care of 
American Trading Company, Inc., 590 Reconquista, Buenos 
Aires, Argentine, S. A. 

Miss Henrietta A. Mirick, [892, The St. Albans, Reno, 
Nevada, 

Mrs. Harry Lockwood (Mary Chase, [896), 440 Newbury 
Street , Boston (tempi irary l. 

Mrs. Henrj Elmwood Cass ( Beata Werdenhoff , 1908) [902 
ith Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota.